Jon Favreau Tells Marvel Studios He Will Not Direct Iron Man 3!
Though we just heard from the director about some vague plans for the already anticipated Iron Man 3, it looks like that talk may have been only as a producer this time. Vulture reports that Jon Favreau informed Marvel Studios that he will not return to direct the next sequel in the franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. As disappointing as this news may be, it doesn't exactly come entirely out of nowhere considering rumblings a few months ago that difficult negotiations for Favreau's deal to direct Iron Man 2 likely ruined his working relationship with the studio to the point that he ended up missing out on directing The Avengers movie, too.
As of now there's no official reason for his departure from the franchise, but one source says the director may have been frustrated with Marvel's desire to stuff even more characters into the sequel following the debut of The Avengers. It's an understandable concern considering the fact many complaints about Iron Man 2 surrounded its crowded plot and preponderance of a link to The Avengers and the rest of the Marvel universe. On the other hand, another insider apparently sights the fact that Favreau may have made his asking price for his talents a little too high.
Either way, apparently Marvel started their search for a new director last night. However, it's not going to be simply knocking on doors of the big Hollywood hitters or even cheap, yet experienced directors looking for a big break because franchise star Robert Downey Jr. has director approval listed in his contract. And it's not like Downey is desperate for another Iron Man film so soon since he has a whole of slew of other projects at his disposal. Despite all the criticism of Iron Man 2, I gotta say, it's disappointing to see Favreau step away from the franchise if the news is true, but maybe it's for the best. But the question now is - who will replace him? Maybe Downey's Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie could be up for the job? What do you think?
UPDATE: Deadline has since confirmed with insiders at Robert Downey Jr.'s camp that Jon Favreau is definitely not directing Iron Man 3. So let's start thinking about who can sit in the director's chair now that it's pretty much official.